London, 25th July 2011 - Kantar TNS, the world’s largest custom research company, today announced that it has been awarded the Flash Eurobarometer contract by the European Commission and European Parliament. This is a four year contract, with a potential budget of €60 million.

“We are delighted to extend our relationship with the European Institutions,” said Leendert de Voogd, Global Head of Political & Social, Kantar TNS. He continued, “The European Institutions understand the importance of undertaking research to develop deep insights, not only to support its decision making, but also to evaluate the progress of policies and inform communications strategy.”

The Flash Eurobarometers are ad hoc research studies conducted on behalf of any service of the European Commission and the European Parliament to understand the attitudes of people across the member States about key areas of interest. Kantar TNS has also held the Standard and Qualitative Eurobarometer contracts for the past years and provides actionable recommendations, based on qualitative, face-to-face and now telephone (both mobile and landline) research methods. This new contract begins immediately and will see Kantar TNS delivering insights sourced from working with a broad range of audiences, including specific targeted groups such as B2B or elite audiences as well as nationally representative.

“Our team proposed an very efficient and highly innovative approach to data collection and project management across all our key markets,” said Judith Passingham, CEO Northern and Eastern Europe, Kantar TNS. She continued, “This is exactly the type of high profile, multi-country project where Kantar TNS performs exceptionally.

The Eurobarometer Flash contract was awarded to Kantar TNS following an extensive tender process, where the European Commission and the European Parliament evaluated five companies’ ability to deliver.

  

About Kantar TNS

Kantar TNS is the global leader in custom market research delivering actionable insights and research-based business advice to clients around the globe so they can make more effective business decisions. Kantar TNS offers comprehensive industry knowledge within the Consumer, Technology, Finance, Automotive and Political & Social sectors, supported by a unique product offering that stretches across the entire range of marketing and business issues, specializing in product development & innovation, brand & communication, stakeholder management, retail & shopper, and qualitative research. Delivering best-in-class service across more than 80 countries, Kantar TNS is dedicated to discovering growth opportunities for its clients in an ever-changing world. Through its pioneering and innovative culture, Kantar TNS understands the latest marketing challenges and research techniques, being the first to discover and solve new marketing issues for clients.

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About Kantar

Kantar is one of the world's largest insight, information and consultancy groups. By uniting the diverse talents of its 13 specialist companies, the group aims to become the pre-eminent provider of compelling and inspirational insights for the global business community. Its 28,500 employees work across 100 countries and across the whole spectrum of research and consultancy disciplines, enabling the group to offer clients business insights at each and every point of the consumer cycle. The group’s services are employed by over half of the Fortune Top 500 companies.

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About Flash Eurobarometers

Flash Eurobarometers are ad hoc surveys, based on thematic telephone and online interviews and are conducted at the request of any service of the European Commission and the European Parliament. They enable the Commission and Parliament to obtain results very quickly and to focus on specific target groups, as well as on general public when required.